Certificate in Mining Technologies (CMT) prepares specialists for global careers

Posted on August 26, 2020

With a Chemical Engineering degree and a Master of Engineering, alumnus Ken Schroeder already has a strong educational background that has served him well through a very successful career. But this self-described ‘life-long learner’ is taking his skills to the next level, with an online certificate program in Mining Technologies that provides flexible and innovative ways for students and professionals to specialize in mining and mineral processing careers.

Ken Schroeder headshot

“I have a great deal of experience, but I wanted to learn more of the theory around design,” says Schroeder, who has enjoyed an extensive career in process management, asset management and consulting for business improvement. He is currently the Product Manager Digitalization for Epiroc Canada, a leading productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries.

Designed for upper-year students and graduates of university programs in science and engineering, the Queen’s Certificate in Mining Technologies (CMT) is an innovative online program for third and fourth-year engineering and science students, as well as working professionals with degrees who want to advance their skills. The certificate is an 18-credit, 6-course program offered in both Mining and Mineral Processing streams, designed by the Engineering Teaching and Learning team, experts in course design, multimedia, teaching approaches and new technologies.

The CMT is a spin-off from the online Bachelor of Mining Engineering Technology (BTech) program at Queen’s. Since its launch in 2018, the CMT program has grown rapidly, with students from a diverse set of backgrounds. “The program offers amazing flexibility for students,” says Dr. Laeeque Daneshmend, the Undergraduate Chair in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining. “It really allows them to continue with their degree studies or continue working while gaining specialized skills and learning about new technologies in the global mining industry.” The program combines lectures, 360-degree videos, tutorials, webinars and team assignments, and students have 24/7 access to online resources, allowing them to fit studies into their personal schedules.

Schroeder notes that while the program is quite challenging, it has significantly advanced his theoretical knowledge and has had a positive impact on his career. “The program has really helped expand my abilities to have advanced discussions about equipment design and its application in the mining industry,” he says.

Earning a Chemical Engineering degree, a Master’s degree and a specialized Certificate is a significant accomplishment, but Schroeder says he’s also planning to enrol in the online Bachelor of Mining Engineering Technology (BTech) program. “Technology continues to evolve and we need to evolve with it,” he says. “These programs keep me engaged, keep my skills sharp, and help me expand my thinking in an ever-changing world.”